Saturday, August 12, 2017

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Benzodiazepines are a class of medication used to treat anxiety disorders and sleep disorders in the short term. As a general rule, they are not taken continuously for the long term. Some examples include diazepam and alprazolam.

Side effects of benzodiazepines include:
  • Drowsiness 
  •  Dizziness 
  • Decreased alertness and concentration 
  • Depression 
  • Disinhibition 
  • Impaired motor function 
  • Impaired balance 
  • Nausea 
  • Libido changes 
One of the main problems with benzodiazepine usage is the likelihood of dependence and addiction. Signs of benzodiazepine dependence include:
  • Feeling unable to cope without the drug 
  • Unsuccessful attempts to cut down on usage 
  • Tolerance to the effects of benzodiazepines 
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, depression, shakiness and headaches when not using the drug
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